WE ARE MAKING A FILM TOGETHER, DFS presents: La Ronde

Update:

We have a Date and a Place.

We will meet at: 
Bryant Park Room, 
located on the south-west corner of 6th Ave and 43rd Street

Please bring all the notes and ideas concerning modernization of the characters and location + translation to a screenplay that you've made about La Ronde. Of course it is expected of you to have read La Ronde. 
Also please bring your own ideas/screenplays of projects that you want to realize within the DFS.

Thanks.

 

P.s. 
Please don't be late, the meeting starts at point 1pm.

Here is image of the location:

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Original Message:

La Ronde it is.


When we met up last time we encountered a good amount of new members. Personally impressive was the amount of skill that has been brought to the meeting and expressed in some screenplays, trailers and narrations that we reviewed.

Towards the end of the meeting La Ronde, a stage play involving ten scenes and ten characters, was presented. The idea of La Ronde is that it explores and contrasts social class through ten sexual encounters of two stereotypical characters in each scene. Each character appears in two consecutive scenes, meaning he/she functions as a bridge to the next scene which is then again introducing a following character. In the very end the ring closes by the reappearance of the first show character.

The most interesting aspect about La Ronde is that it presents lots of opportunity for creative expression, meaning that we can have each of its ten scenes being directed/photographed/produced etc. by a different member of the group. And if the director happens to be interested in acting or let's say the photography of the scene they rotate to be an actor or cinematographer or another [maybe minor but nevertheless] essential role in production that collectively makes a film happen.

Besides La Ronde we will approach further projects that we will probably realize along La Ronde by shooting additional scenes for these projects.


The most important aspect in this collaboration is that we preset roles and compromise where its necessary. Obviously this film will have no, to a very low budget and an aspiring Director/Actor/Producer/DP or Screenwriter could at one point have the task of sweeping the floors or carrying heavy equipment or working late into the night, hardly getting any sleep at all. All of this has to be understood and accepted in order for the project to be made.
Regardless our La Ronde can be a professional looking independent film of incredible performances, both in front and behind the camera and a strong, supportive crew if:

 

We will work hard and do whatever is necessary to make each other's lives and production easier in order for our Project to be successful.

 

Here is the link to a translated version of La Ronde:

http://depts.washington.edu/vienna/documents/Schnitzler/Schnitzler_la_ronde.htm

The Scenes:

  1. The Whore and the Soldier
  2. The Soldier and the Parlor Maid
  3. The Parlor Maid and the Young Gentleman
  4. The Young Gentleman and the Young Wife
  5. The Young Wife and The Husband
  6. The Husband and the Little Miss
  7. The Little Miss and the Poet
  8. The Poet and the Actress
  9. The Actress and the Count
  10. The Count and the Whore

As you see the ring closes in the end with the reappearance of the first presented character.

 

I encourage everybody to read and think about possible modernizations for our version while reading concerning occupation of the characters and possible shooting locations.
Keep in mind that all characters can essentially be replaced by stereotypes of equivalent importance from modern society.

Also keep in mind that your life is short, the TV not your friend and that you have to work, observe and educate yourself in order to create something of social value (which is everything anybody in our society likes & loves).
Remember that you are not a Superhero who has been given extraordinary power that makes you stronger, more talented and better then everybody else.


After all the process of making a film after all is real and not like the film itself fiction or imitation of reality.

 

In the Dead Filmmakers Society we work for each other.
Here your work and time is a precious currency.

 

 

 

 

 

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